Expressions of Africa

1st August – 1st September

A selling exhibition of West African ceremonial masks and handwoven textiles.

Featuring a varied selection of face, helmet and body masks traditionally used for protection, disguise, performance or entertainment. They are a medium that allows dialogue between the community and the spirits. A mask is as mysterious as it is sacred.

African textiles are a major form of expression that Africans use to define themselves. For many centuries they have used  cloth, not only for personal adornment, but also as a powerful medium of communication. Their importance has often been overshadowed by traditional sculpture and masks. In this selling exhibition you will see handwoven textiles such as Malian mud cloth, hand-dyed indigo from Guinea, and Kuba cloth from Congo.

Discover more at our Tent Talks with leading African textile experts Magie Relph and John Gillow, and enjoy a night of African music with Omar Afif and Gnawa Trance Fusion.


Big is Beautiful: an illustrated talk by Magie Relph, Wednesday 14th August at 2pm

Textiles of Africa: an illustrated talk by John Gillow, Wednesday 21st August at 2pm

Tickets £6. To reserve a place please email us at with your name and contact number or call us on 0131 662 1612

Omar Afif & Gnawa Trance Fusion: We are delighted to invite you to join us for a special evening of Moroccan Gnawa music with West African jazz and blues/funk influences.

Saturday 24th August, 7.30 – 8.45pm

Tickets £10 (£8 concessions). Buy online at or pay on the door.





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